This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation
Finding somewhere to sneak in a mid-day nap isn’t always feasible. What are you supposed to do—crawl under your desk to catch some zzz’s or snooze on the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer practice? The solution: nap studios.
The frequency of naps tends to drop off after the preschool years, but the short bouts of sleep are beneficial at any age. Dozing off for just 20 to 30 minutes may give your mood, alertness, and memory a boost,and as people better understand the importance of sleep, nap spaces have become more popular. Companies like Google and Ben & Jerry’s have carved out places in their offices that people can use for mid-day snoozing,and now sleep spaces are becoming accessible to people who don’t work at these organizations thanks to nap studios.
For a fee, the serene spaces typically provide pillows, blankets, and mats so that you can get a short amount of shut-eye in the middle of your day. Many of the studios also offer meditation classes, something that has been shown to improve sleep. If you think you could benefit from a quick snooze at one of these studios (and most of us could!), use these tips to get the most from your catnap:
Keep your nap to less than 30 minutes. Any longer, and you’ll reach the deeper stages of sleep and may wake up still feeling weary.
Schedule your nap between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. This is when energy levels start to dip, so you’ll get the most out of the snooze.
Set an alarm! Nix anxiety about returning to the office too late by setting an alarm to snap you out of your nap. Some nap studios even provide a wake-up call.